verb (used with object), shut, shut·ting.
verb (used without object), shut, shut·ting.
- to close, especially temporarily; end or suspend operations, services, or business activity.
- to stop operating or stop the operation of (a machine): Did you remember to shut down your computer?
- Also shut down on/upon.Informal. to hinder; check; stop from doing or saying something: He appeared on the talk show to shut down his critics.
- Informal. to defeat or outdo:The team was able to shut down the offense.
- to settle over so as to envelop or darken: The fog shut down rapidly.
- to enclose.
- to confine, as from illness: She broke her leg in a fall and has been shut in for several weeks.
- to stop the passage of (water, traffic, electricity, etc.); close off.
- to isolate; separate: an outpost almost completely shut off from civilization.
- to keep from entering; exclude.
- to hide from view.
- to prevent (an opponent or opposing team) from scoring, as in a game of baseball.
- to imprison; confine.
- to close entirely.
- to stop talking; become silent: I thought the neighbors would never shut up and let me sleep.
- to stop (someone) from talking; silence.
Origin of shut
Examples from the Web for shut
And so it was that the federal government did not shut down just when we all had visions of sugar plumbs dancing in our heads.
He immediately tried to shut the window before saying anything else.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Over the years, several MPs have alleged cover-ups or suggested that investigations were shut down by senior security officials.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But of course, the union was shut out of the process, according to spokesman George Atallah.
“Sit down and shut up” was how all important family discussions began and ended where the rest of America grew up.
Frantically, she looked around for something to hold it shut.The Saracen: The Holy War|Robert Shea
We stop the night at Henzada, and dine on deck, shut off from the night by a glass partition.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah|William G. Burn Murdoch
There had been a meeting of the Committee, and the club was shut up.The Way We Live Now|Anthony Trollope
I cannot tell you anything of the time I spent there, shut up in the gloomy castle; it was horrible beyond all words.A Monk of Cruta|E. Phillips Oppenheim
She was shut up, and her manner appeared hard and ungracious while her heart was dissolving in emotions.Household Education|Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for shut
verb shuts, shutting or shut
- to refuse to think about
- to render impossible
Word Origin for shut
Word Origin and History for shut
Old English scyttan "to put (a bolt) in place so as to fasten a door or gate, bolt, shut to; discharge, pay off," from West Germanic *skutjan (cf. Old Frisian schetta, Middle Dutch schutten "to shut, shut up, obstruct"), from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.)). Related: Shutting.
Meaning "to close by folding or bringing together" is from mid-14c. Meaning "prevent ingress and egress" is from mid-14c. Sense of "to set (someone) free (from)" (c.1500) is obsolete except in dialectal phrases such as to get shut of. To shut (one's) mouth "desist from speaking" is recorded from mid-14c.
Idioms and Phrases with shut
In addition to the idioms beginning with shut
- shut down
- shut off
- shut one's eyes to
- shut out
- shut the door
- shut up
- close (shut) down
- close (shut) one's eyes to
- close (shut) the door on
- keep one's mouth shut
- open and shut case
- put up or shut up